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Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier Papers

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Carrier

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Carrier papers consist largely of roughs and correspondence relating to free-lance projects of all sorts, from 1928-1989. These is also student work and notebooks from 1921-1923, a small amount of personal correspondence, some printed items and a few artifacts. Several finished calligraphic manuscripts have been catalogued separately.


  • Creation: 1905-1994



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier

Chicago calligrapher, illuminator, and designer.

Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier (1902-1991) was a broadly talented calligrapher, illuminator, and designer, probably Chicago’s most prominent woman lettering artist in the middle years of the twentieth century. By the time of the calligraphic revival of the 1970s, she was mentor and model to many who were just then discovering the art of calligraphy, as well as a living link with the methods and ideals of Edward Johnston, which had been popularized in the U.S. by her teacher at the School of the Art Institute, Ernst F. Detterer (later curator of the Wing collection at the Newberry). Gertrude Lueneburg graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 1923. She worked for the Scriptorium of Coella Lindsay Ricketts in the mid 1920s and thereafter free-lanced, doing certificates, logos, letterheads, broadsides, greeting cards and bookplates. She married Edward J. Carrier in 1940. Among her most important clients was Samuel Cardinal Stritch (archbishop of Chicago, 1939-1958) who commissioned several sets of altar cards. From 1963 to 1978, Mrs. Carrier worked for the decorating studio of Milan Bulovic. A memorial article and interview appeared in the Chicago Calligraphy Collective Letter of 1995 in conjunction with a small exhibit of her work at the Newberry.


9 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 4 oversize boxes)


Chicago calligrapher, illuminator, and designer. The papers consist largely of roughs and correspondence relating to freelance design and lettering projects. There are also a few student works and some juvenalia.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Correspondence, 1930-1987
Box 1
Series 2: Design Projects, 1924-1989
Boxes 1-3, 5-7
Series 3: Religious Works, 1950-1970
Boxes 4, 8
Series 4: Biographical, 1905-1994
Boxes 4, 9

Collection Stack Location

4a 29 11-12


Gift of Walter Lueneburg, 1991.

Processed by

Tom Greensfelder, 1992; Mette Shayne, 2014-2015

Inventory of the Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier Papers, 1905-1994
Mette Shayne
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States